Baby quilts are a great way to utilize your fabric stash. They're small, so you don't need much fabric and; depending on the pattern, they can come together quickly. For both of these quilts, I was able to use fabric from my stash and use the leftovers to piece the backing.
A baby quilt is also a great way to test out some tricky blocks or shapes, because you don't need many to complete the top.
For the Heavensent quilt, I used Julie Herman's Candy Dish pattern and her Hex N More ruler as a starting point.
I practiced my curved piecing on the Steeler's Fan quilt. I used the Quick Curve ruler by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful and her Crazy Eights pillow pattern as a starting point.
The Steeler's Fan quilt is for a Mom who is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I googled Steelers' images and their colors and started pulling fabrics, while thinking "baby girl". Notice the football shapes in each block - ooh, clever.
Allover quilting designs are an excellent choice for baby quilts that will get a lot of wear and tear. I quilted meandering loops on Steeler's Fan and allover feathers on Heavensent. Notice the backings that were pieced using fabrics from the quilt top.
Here's a look at how these quilts started:
A baby quilt is a perfect first-time project:
Quilt On my friends!
Beginner Quilt Tutorial
This is a great project if you're just starting quilting or want to use up some scraps. I made most of this quilt with leftover fabric from a Block of the Month class at my local quilt store. I may have seen something like this on the internet but I didn't have a pattern and just made it up as I went along. It's actually pretty straightforward and I'll share the steps with you.
1. Cut shapes and make blocks
After cutting all the angled shapes, alternate them so the wide end of one is next to the skinny end of the next one. Then join them, sewing right sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press the seams to one side.
For variety I used a different number of shapes for each block before trimming the edges straight and adding the short pink pieces. In the picture below, one block has 5 shapes and the other block has 8 shapes.
2. Add sashing strips between each block
Trim the top & bottom of each block straight so you can add the sashing. Since this is for a girl, I used a solid pink fabric (3/4 yard from my stash, yay) for sashing and for the borders. Cut your sashing strips 1 ½” wide and add a strip to the bottom of each block.
3. Sew the blocks into four rows
In the picture below, you see the 4 long rows or columns. I trimmed the rows so they were all 46 1/2 inches long.
4. Sew long sashing strips to join each row
Combine the rows by sewing long sashing strips between them. These sashing strips were also 1 1/2 inches wide. This is what you have so far:
5. Add the outer borders
Cut the outer borders strips 2 1/2 inches wide. I attached the side borders and then the top and bottom borders. Now you're ready to quilt.
The Quilting Motif
I quilted this using an allover paisley design.
Finished size: 36" x 50"
Superior King Tut thread in Harem
Quilting Motif: allover paisley
Quilting Adds Great Texture
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!